SUMMER DRAWING CLASS 2017
VALUE SKETCHING with MARKERS
with SUE HESTON
Saturday, July 22, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
This class will be an intro to drawing and sketching with gray-scale markers. Markers allow an artist to quickly record value and tone. They are particularly effective for making thumbnail sketches or compositional studies, but they can also be used for finished drawings. Light and portable, they are an excellent choice for a travel sketch kit.
* An object (no bigger than a shoe box) or photo to draw from. I will have reference materials also, but it is nice to have something you know you will enjoy drawing.
* 10-12 sheets of ordinary printer/copier paper
* 3-4 sheets of paper appropriate for your markers, about 9x12 inches
* Waterproof Pen, Black, fine point
* Light, Medium and Dark Gray Markers with a large brush or chisel point - I use Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (large size), but other brands/types of markers also work well. See the list below for pros and cons of alcohol vs water-based markers and specific color recommendations.
* Pencil and soft eraser
* Some tissue for blotting/blending
Marker Options – these brands are all available at Daniel Smith, Seattle, but if you have a different brand that is similar, it will be fine.
* Prismacolor and Copic are alcohol based markers. They come in Warm, Cool or French Gray. I like warm gray, but lots of people prefer cool gray. A good range to choose for sketching is a 30% (light), a 60% (medium) and a 90% (dark).
Alcohol markers do have an odor, and they bleed through paper, so a blotter sheet is necessary. They are easier to blend but are permanent once dry.
Paper – paper made specifically for markers is best.
* Faber Castell Pitt Brush Markers are water/pigment based. I suggest these three...
#230 (cold grey I), #232 (cold grey III) and #235 (cold grey VI)
These have no odor and will not bleed through paper. They are trickier to blend and permanent once dry, but techniques like blotting & stamping are possible before they dry.
Paper – most drawing and sketching papers work well with these. Drawing paper that is sized for ink or light wash is better for blending. I like Stillman & Birn Alpha.
* Tombow also makes a nice double ended marker that is water based. Three good grays are...
N55 (light), N75 (medium) and N35 (dark)
Also no odor and will not bleed through most paper. A Colorless Blender is available from Tombow, but it is tricky to use.
Paper – most drawing and sketching papers work well with these.
2017 Summer Drawing Class Schedule: $35 each
#1: Sketching in Perspective Part 1 of 2 with JAMIE BOLLENBACH. July 1, 2017 2pm-5pm
#2: Gesture with MARY SHEA. July 8, 2017 2pm-5pm
#3: Drawing & Shading with Pen & Ink with JULIA CARPENTER. July 9, 2017 2pm-5pm
#4: Sketching in Perspective Part 2 of 2 with JAMIE BOLLENBACH. July 15, 2017 2pm-5pm
#5: Drawing Heads and Hands with JULIA CARPENTER. July 16, 2017 2pm-5pm
#6: Illuminated Letters with JANICE BERKEBILE. July 22, 2017 10am-1pm
#7: Value Sketching with Markers with SUE HESTON. July 22, 2017 2pm-5pm
#8: Sketching on Toned Paper with SUE HESTON. July 29, 2017 2pm-5pm
#9: Drawing On the Details with JANICE BERKEBILE. August 5, 2017 2pm-5pm
#10: Drawing Real World Part 1 of 2 with JAMIE BOLLENBACH. August 6, 2017 2pm-5pm
#11: Working from General to Specific with Drawing with MARY SHEA. August 12, 2017 2pm-5pm
#12: Drawing Real World Part 2 of 2 with JAMIE BOLLENBACH. August 13, 2017 2pm-5pm